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Olicana Historical Society

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The Olicana Historical Society, which is affiliated to the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, arranges an annual winter programme of lectures on a variety of subjects of both general and local historical interest.

Meetings are normally held in the JLA Room at the Clarke-Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, starting at 7.30pm. with tea or coffee available afterwards.

In summer a programme of visits is arranged for members. Where possible these visits are linked to the winter lectures.

Members can also use the facilities of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society in Leeds.

The annual subscription is £10. Non-members are welcome at the lectures, provided they are not over-subscribed. The cost for a non-member is £3 per lecture.

For further information contact:

The Hon Secretary

John Cruse,

3 Ellicott Court,

Park Road,


LS29 6PA

(Tel 01943 870952)

or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





2019- 2020 Lecture Programme


19 September

Yorkshire Historic Dictionary

Alexandra Metcalf

5th May Foster Pickles Memorial Lecture

To be held in The Sanctuary, Christchurch, The Grove

Free Lecture

17 October

Skipton WW1 POW Camp

Anne Buckley - Leeds University

21 November

Saltaire after Titus Salt's Death

Maria Glott

An Ilkley Arts Festival Event

Joint Meeting with The Friends of the Manor House.

To be held in The Sanctuary, Christchurch, The Grove

Free Lecture

19 December

The Avaricious Monks of Bolton Priory

Catherine Snape


16 January

Death in the Dunes: Baynunah Camel Project, Abu Dhabi

Sonia & Terry O'Connor

20 February

Sir Thomas Brooke, the YAHS Archives and the Manor of Wakefield

Brian Barber

19 March

Excavations at Kirkstall Abbey Guest House

Stuart Wrathmell

16 April

First Skin Your Sheep: The Practicalities and Skills of Manuscript Production

Joyce Hill